Slow Cooker Meatballs

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Slow Cooker Meatballs

Schedules are growing more hectic in the Little household with the arrival of the warmer weather.  So, once again, I’m turning to my trusty sidekick – the slow cooker – to help with dinner.  Lots of folks think of the slow cooker as a cool weather appliance, but I love it for the ease of getting meals ready during the busy time of the year and love that it doesn’t heat up the whole house when it’s so warm outside.  These Slow Cooker Meatballs are a great way to do just that.  Pop them in the slow cooker in the morning and when you get home all you’ve got to do is boil some pasta and make a salad.  You can even use these to make amazing meatballs sandwiches.

Slow Cooker MeatballsSo let’s get to making some meatballs, shall we?  Here we have all our ingredients in one big bowl.

Slow Cooker Meatballs


Now, the first instinct is to just dive right in there and start squishing around.  But, I’ve found that using a fork to “stir” everything together works better because it keeps the mixture from getting overworked.  You’ll just need to make sure it’s all mixed well.

Slow Cooker Meatballs

Scoop out about 1/4 cup of the meat mixture and roll it into a ball.  I like to use a 1/4 cup cookie scoop for this.  It’s keeps them all the same size.

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We’ve got one jar of the sauce in the slow cooker (that’s been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray -you’ll thank me when it’s clean-up time).  Put the meatballs all in there and then top with the other jar of sauce.  Then put the lid on it and cook on low for about 5 hours.

Slow Cooker Meatballs

There you have it!  Delicious and EASY Slow Cooker Meatballs.  These are great served over pasta or even in a meatball sandwich!

Slow Cooker Meatballs

Slow Cooker Meatballs
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Serves: About 12 meatballs
  • 2 (24-ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Lightly spray the crock of a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Pour one jar of the sauce in the slow cooker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, garlic powder, onion powder, bread crumbs, salt and black pepper. (I like to use a fork for this. It gets everything blended without overworking the mixture.) Scoop about ¼ cup of the meat mixture and roll it into a ball. Place the meatball into the slow cooker on top of the sauce and repeat until all of the meat mixture has been formed into balls. Top with the other jar of sauce and cook covered on low for about 5 hours.

Slow Cooker Meatballs

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  1. YUM!!! Thank you for this wonderful sounding recipe!! I can’t wait to fix it this weekend!!

  2. These meatballs sound fantastic but my children (picky toddlers) will not eat meatballs that are covered in spaghetti sauce. Do you have any other suggestions on how to cook these in the slow cooker without using sauce? Thanks.

  3. Claudia davis says:

    I have a slow cooker that will brown and slow cook. Is it worth the time in a recipe like this to brown the meatballs for a minute or two?

  4. Hi Stacey! Just wondering–what type of ground beef do you recommend for the meatballs? i.e. ground chuck, sirloin, etc.? Thank you! I enjoy your blog and cookbook!

  5. Samantha says:

    This looks good, Stacey. I’ll have to try it soon. Thanks. Lol, remember I told you that my mother liked your site, so I signed her up for your emails too? She mentioned this recipe to me today before I had a chance to check my emails. She was right, it looks good!

    By the way, I just left a review for your Simple Skillet Orange Chicken, which we had for dinner tonight. It was delicious and easy! Being very new to your site, that was the first recipe that I tried. But, I have a bunch more bookmarked and printed out. I’ll let you know when I try them, as I always appreciate reading others’ comments once they’ve tried a recipe.

    • Seriously, I’m just tickled you and your Mom are finding so much you like, Samantha!

    • If you have not tried the meatballs yet you definitely need to try this recipe. I made it last week and making it again today. They melt in your mouth and oh, so tasty!! I added mushrooms and a can of rotel last week. I am going to add rotel, mushrooms and diced or stewed tomatoes this time. Also, using 3 pounds of hamburger so I can share w/ my sister again. She also loved it. That’s what is for dinner! Yum!! Stacey, thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

  6. Linda Copeland says:

    What a coincidence! I have EVERY ingredient listed to make this….right down to an XL size (52 ozs. I think) jar of Marinara pasta sauce Now, to me, that’s a sign I should be making this before the weekend. Thanks for another one of your scrump-diddly-ump-shush recipes, Stacey! 🙂
    Hugs & blessings,

  7. What if I wanted to used two pounds of meat? Should I add an extra egg? More bread crumbs?

  8. I made these last Saturday to use for meatball subs. They were devoured by my family!
    Very, very good and super easy to make. Beats the store bought frozen meatballs by leaps and bounds. Made the meatballs the night before and put them in the crockpot early Saturday morning.
    Excellent. Thanks for sharing a great recipe and method.

  9. Hi, would it be okay to make the meatballs smaller? If so, would that change the cooking time? Thank you.

  10. Made your crockpot meatballs and they turned out great!! Melt in your mouth meatballs! Thank you for the recipe. Yum!!

  11. Last week when I made these I use 2 pounds of meat but stuck to recipe w/ egg and bread crumbs. Today I am using 3 pounds of meat so do you think I should add an extra egg and extra bread crumbs?

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